Sweet Treats: The Best of NYC Bakeries
by Julie Besonen, 12/18/2013
Traditional Christmas log. Photo: Alexander Thompson
75-59 31st Ave., 718-565-6200, Jackson Heights, Queens
Queens denizens are just as particular about their French pastry as Manhattanites and proud of having the authentic Cannelle Patisserie in their midst. Brittany-born pastry chef Jean-Claude Perennou and his partner, Gnanasampanthan Sabaratratnam ("Samba," for short), from Sri Lanka, met while working in the kitchen at the Waldorf-Astoria and can offer cheaper prices for their high-quality gâteau Breton and mocha Christmas log (strip-mall rents aren't quite at Park Avenue levels). Another plus: free parking. Load up the trunk with almond croissants, sourdough loaves, quiche lorraine and coco-fraise cake—layers of vanilla sponge with strawberry and coconut mousse—and drive carefully.